Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hard to predict.

This black swan was getting pretty comfortable with me at Lafreniere Park the other day, but still kept a 10-foot buffer, just in case. The black swan is another of the non-indigenous species in this area. It is of Australian origin and brought to America to grace ponds.

The black swan has a particularly unique position in literature and metaphors, owning to a belief centuries ago in Europe that all swans were white. The term came to stand for rare, hard-to-predict, high impact events. If you're interested to find out more read here.

By the way, if you are a regular reader, you may have noticed that I am making some changes to the web site. Unfortunately, Blogger ate some of my widgets. Bear with me. All will be back soon.

-- steve buser

11 comments:

Virginia said...

Lovely shot . I don't know that I have ever seen a black swan and certainly didn't know their beak was so colorful. One of my favorite books to read to my third graders was TRUMPET OF THE SWAN by EB White. BTW, did you get the photo I emailed? If not I will give it another go. And congrats on winning the contest!

USelaine said...

What a beautiful view of that beautiful bird!

GMG said...

Hi Steve!
Sorry for the absence these last weeks, but unfortunately it wasn’t due to some summer holidays… ;))
Thanks for your comments on Blogtrotter, now at the MoMA for Art and New York lovers! Hope you enjoy and wish you a great week! I’ll try to get back here to enjoy your stunning pictures with some more time during the week!

JM said...

Hi!

Your photos are beautifull! i've seen all the animals so far, they are great!

Greetings
JM

Thiên said...

What a beautiful swan, Steve. Very lovely indeed.

Wanda said...

I remember the Ugly Duckling...and that was my first thought when I saw the black swan...like maybe the Ugly Duckling grew up....


Beautiful shot....

jill said...

What a gorgeous bird, the red contrasts beautifully with the black. I have only seen these in photos.

Louis la Vache said...

Very fine image of this bird, Steve.

Blogger has gotten very buggy. Blogger has a bug that dislikes the Mac OS 10 and causes an interminable number of crashes when doing anything in Blogger. This has been going on for 22 weeks and Blogger has yet to post it on their "known issues" page, despite daily reports from "Louis" every time it happens. "Louis" knows of other bloggers using Macs that have have the same problem. Then Blogger ate the graphics on "Louis's" two French blogs. "Louis" gave up. He's in the process of moving his blogs to a new host...

Baruch said...

A beautiful picture of the Black Swan. Being across the ditch from Australia, this beautiful bird is a common site in New Zealand as well. Unlike the mute white swan, the black swan voices a musical bugling. Really a beautiful creature

Marie Reed said...

That certainly isn't an ugly duckling:)

Halcyon said...

I have never seen a black swan before. Thanks for sharing!

I like the looks of your blog. I always think of changing mine, but it seems like so much trouble. Good luck!